Playing the local favourite is never an easy task. Especially if the opponent is the new recordholder with his thirteenth appearance at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
The opening match of the tournament proved to be tough for Andy Murray. For a long time it looked as if Robin Haase (33) was going to be victorious for a second time over Murray in his homecountry, just like in 2008. But in the end het let a new win over Andy Murray slip out of hands: 6-2, 6-7 (2), 3-6.
Andy Murray was relieved after he cashed in his first match point after nearly two and a half hours. The former number one in the world clenched his fist and shouted "Come on". It was a hard-fought victory for Murray, who struggled with form in the first set. "I didn't feel the ball right," said the 2009 tournament winner afterwards. "I kept fighting and this is really a mental victory. My tennis definitely needs to improve. Fortunately I have a day off to recover from this tough match and prepare for the second round. ”
There, Andy Murray meets fourth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev, who defeated American qualifier Marcos Giron in the opening round.
The disappointment was big for Robin Haase: 'It is a pity that I was not able to finish it in two sets. Murray remains a player who is never beaten until the final point. I have respect for Andy, because I know how hard it is to come back from an injury. ”
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